Friday, 9 October 2015

Friday 9th October: "Liberty In Fashion" at The Fashion Textile Museum

"Liberty in Fashion" , the new exhibition at The Fashion Textile Museum celebrates the 140th anniversary of the London Institution.  From Orientalism and Aesthetic dress in the 19th century, through Art Nouveau and Art Deco in the early 20th century, and the revival of all of these styles since the 1950s.  Not only is this a typically beautiful show brimming with pieces you've never seen before, but its the upstairs room that particularly excited me.  "The Art of Pattern: Susan Collier and Sarah Campbell for Liberty 1961 -77" has all the ephemera from the background of the print process.  I LOVE this kind of thing for the chance to see sketchbooks, scrapbooks, tests, prototypes......... all the glorious workings of a cosmic mind in colour.  Its absolutely beautiful and a great acknowledgment of the fundamental creativity in devising shape, space and hue by hand.  These repeats were formulated by piecing together tessellation's without any CAD and crazily cosmic as a result.  Go and see for yourself and look up the full list of events and classes that are running to coincide.